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NEW for 2016: Scavenger Hunt!

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SPR ECPN will be hosting a FREE scavenger hunt for ALL attendees at the 2016 conference!

– Register for the scavenger hunt at the same time you register for the conference
– Early career scientists encouraged to participate
– Great for senior scientists too
– Students of all levels are welcome
– Perfect event for first year attendees and solo attendees

  • The scavenger hunt will take place Tuesday (May 31) through Thursday (June 2).
  • You can make your own group (3-5 people) or you can be randomly assigned to a group – this is a great way to meet new people at the conference and an easy way to network.
  • A list of challenges will be emailed to you before the start of the conference along with the names of your teammates. Your first challenge is to find your teammates!
  • Other challenges will consist of attending certain events or taking photos with certain attendees. This is a great way to introduce yourself to senior scientists!
  • Completion of each challenge will be validated by a team post to the SPR Facebook page.
  • There will be prizes awarded to daily winners and overall winners. Prizes include free SPR 2017 membership and APPLE gift certificates!

FOR MORE INFORMATION: email Tara Perkins, Brittany Cooper, or Jennifer Lewis.

separator1ECPN LUNCHEON: Alternatives to academia: Training and career opportunities for early-career preventionists

Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Time: 11:45 am-1:00 pm

ECPN LUNCH (Registration required)

Welcome and Introductions:  Marie-Hélène Véronneau, PhD, Université du Québec à Montréal

 Organizers and Co-chairs: Jessica Duncan Cance, MPH, PhD, University of Texas at Austin; Sarah Racz, PhD, University of Maryland


The availability of tenure-track academic positions has significantly declined in recent decades. Also, these positions may not be ideal for the innovative, interdisciplinary work that many early career preventionists seek. The traditional mentoring model in academia can make it challenging to find and apply for non-academic careers, but individuals with graduate training in prevention science are well poised to be successful in these careers. This year’s ECPN Luncheon will include panelists that represent a variety of professional experiences outside of academic settings.

11:45-12:00 Participants pick-up lunch and select a table

12:00-12:30 Panel presentations

12:30-1:00 Q&A

separator1ECPN SESSION I: Interdisciplinary approaches: Opportunities and challenges from members of multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary programs

Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016

Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

Organizers and Co-chairs:  Tara Perkins, Arizona State University; Kai Wei, MSW, University of Pittsburgh


Felipe Castro, PhD, Arizona State University, Aria Crump, ScD, National Institute on Drug Abuse and an Early Career presenter and a student presenter (TBD)

Interdisciplinary approaches are becoming central to conducting good scientific work. New interdisciplinary PhD programs are springing up, bringing with them many opportunities as well as numerous challenges. Opportunities include developing rich research collaborations and integrating work from diverse fields to answer pressing research questions.  However, challenges for students include being successful in coursework with peers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Faculty similarly face challenges as teachers and researchers when developing ways to communicate effectively with a diverse group of students and faculty members who all speak slightly different “languages.” It is important for early career faculty to consider these opportunities and challenges when navigating the job market, setting up their labs, and establishing their research identity. The current session will explore these opportunities and problem solve around these challenges.

separator1ECPN SESSION II: Next Generation Standards of Evidence in Prevention Science

Date: Friday morning, June 3, 2016

Time: 8:30 – 10:00 am

Organizers and Co-chairs: S. Kathleen Anderson, MPA, CPS, Indiana University Bloomington; Gracelyn Cruden, MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Denise Gottfredson, PhD, University of Maryland, George Howe, PhD, George Washington University, PhD, Amy Lossie, PhD, NIH, Office of Disease Prevention, Ty Ridenour, PhD, RTI

Originally published in 2004, the SPR Standards of Evidence for Efficacy, Effectiveness and Scale-up Research was updated in 2015. Both the original and updated criteria should be dispersed widely in order to create a field standard for a programs and policies considered “tested and efficacious” or “tested and effective.” Setting such a standard provides helpful guidance for all researchers, but specifically those in their early career who may be challenged to identify which topics and methods should be studied and implemented. This session will cover the basics of the new standards, including the theory behind the various stages of intervention research (efficacy, effectiveness, and implementation), which methods are sufficient to establish intervention efficacy or effectiveness, including outcome measurement, the methods that can be utilized to ascertain the causal or mediating pathways of intervention effects, and an overview of which interventions and policies are considered prime for implementation and dissemination. This session will also identify paths early career preventionists can take to learn about and implement the new standards identified.


Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016

Time:  8:15 – 9:15 pm

Chair: Marie-Hélène Véronneau, PhD, Université du Québec à Montréal

Come join us at the annual Early Career Preventionists Network (ECPN) Networking Social to connect with fellow ECPN members, learn more about becoming active in ECPN, and meet with panelists from the ECPN Luncheon, “Alternatives to academia: Training and career opportunities for early-career preventionists.” Refreshments will be provided.

ECPN is an official standing committee of the SPR that seeks to link early career individuals who are interested in prevention science and to foster the development of early career preventionists. All SPR attendees/members who are within ten years of receiving their terminal degree are automatically members of ECPN. Through its activities at SPR, its listserv, and its website, ECPN provides high-quality conference programming relevant to early career preventionists including symposia and the annual luncheon, prevention-related employment opportunities, and information exchanges.


The ECPN Student Poster Contest was initiated in 2009 to encourage student attendance and participation in the annual meeting, increase student visibility at the conference, attract new student members to SPR and ECPN, and encourage existing student members to become full members upon graduation. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to enter. The posters will be displayed during the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening SPR poster sessions, and winners will be announced on Thursday at the awards presentation. The top 3 poster winners will receive a $250 travel award plus a free 1-year SPR membership. Honorable mention poster authors will receive a 1-year SPR membership. SPR memberships will be awarded for the next year (2017).  Judging criteria include innovation, importance of the research topic to the field, quality, use of advanced methods, and contribution to prevention science.  We are very excited that the ECPN Student Poster Contest continues to be an annual event. 

separator1ECPN TABLE

We all love the session breaks for the coffee and treats, but now there is another reason: the ECPN Table (located in the registration area).  Drop by to meet other early career prevention scientists, pick up information about ECPN conference sessions and other upcoming training events, and pick up your ECPN name badge ribbon.  Also, take a look at our jobs board and feel free to share information about open postings with your colleagues. We look forward to seeing you there!  Make sure you enter our raffle for the chance to win a free 1-year SPR membership. 


Date: Thursday, June 2, 2016

Time: 6:45 am – 7:45 am

Meet in the hotel lobby and join us for a run or walk along the Harbor.  All are invited!